Infected bull marks fourth case of livestock rabies in Colorado

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A high occurrence of rabid skunks in the state this year has livestock producers on alert.

The Associated Press reports a bull that died last Friday was the fourth confirmed livestock in Colorado this year. It is likely the bull was infected from a bite by a rabid animal and there has been a high instance of rabid skunks in the state this year.

The state agriculture department advises Colorado livestock producers to keep an eye on their animals for changes in behavior and to consult their veterinarian for a rabies vaccination for their herd.

State Veterinarian Keith Roehr told the Associated Press symptoms of rabies include a dramatic nervous system change such as muscle tremors, weakness, lameness, stumbling, or paralysis.

Earlier this summer the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture advised livestock producers to be cautious of the disease and get up-to-date with vaccines.

For more information, refer to the CDC website.

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